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Youth and Family Ministry (BS) + MS in Nonprofit Leadership Dual-Level Program

Gain the biblical knowledge and ministry philosophy of a youth and family ministry degree while you develop an expertise in the nonprofit sector with an MS in Nonprofit Leadership – all in as few as five years.

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Why Youth and Family Ministry (BS) + MS in Nonprofit Leadership?

A Youth and Family Ministry degree gives you a deep knowledge of the Bible and church leadership with a particular focus on ministry to young people and their families. Additionally, an MS in Nonprofit Leadership equips you with resources and training in financial management, fundraising, decision making, and organizational effectiveness so you can help churches, parachurch ministries, and other nonprofits expand their reach and operate at their maximum potential.

How it Works

This program condenses six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. By completing both degrees together, you will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and financial aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Youth and Family Ministry (BS) + MS in Nonprofit Leadership at Cairn

Academic Opportunity

Learn the strategy, management practices, and principles it takes to do nonprofit work well. Engage with practical, up-to-date strategies of youth ministry.

Experienced Faculty

Be mentored by professors who have successful, global experience in business.

Career Preparation

Study coursework relevant to today’s workforce.

Ministry Opportunity

Understand youth ministry from a global perspective and take opportunities to experience various missional contexts.

Hands-On Education

Receive hands-on training through ministry involvement and interaction with a ministry mentor.

Campus Community

Utilize Cairn’s business connections to enter world-class internships while you study.

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Get an inside look at our Youth and Family Ministry + MS in Nonprofit Leadership Program

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

Required Credits: 150

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • YTH 322 Comp Tech for Youth/Fam Min
    • YTH 222 Effective Bible Teaching
    • BIB 441 The Corinthian Epistles
    • BIB 472 Exegesis/Theol of Romans
    • BIB 442 The Pastoral Epistles

Youth Pastor/Director

Parachurch ministry leader

Camp Director

Nonprofit leader

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

Matt Mcalack

Matt McAlack

Director, Youth and Family Ministry; Professor, School of Divinity

Dr. Matt McAlack teaches Bible, theology, psychology, and youth and family ministry.

Since 1996, Dr. McAlack has also directed JAM (Junior High Adventures in Ministry), a ministry and evangelism training event for middle schoolers at Cairn University.

In addition to serving at Cairn, Dr. McAlack has also served as a youth pastor and pastor of English ministry, as well as a speaker at conferences and retreats. Currently, he and his wife Michele lead the Youth Ministry and Outreach at Calvary Baptist Church in Bristol Pennsylvania.

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Joseph Miller

Professor, School of Business

Joe Miller is a licensed attorney and seasoned entrepreneur. Prior to coming to Cairn, his law practice served businesses, non-profits, municipalities, and the general public. Additionally, he’s worn hats as a town supervisor, board director, and certified attorney for children. He’s enthusiastic about helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into opportunities. Together with his wife Stephanie he has 4 future Highlanders currently aged 12 and under.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Caleb Esteban De Jesus

I can confidently say that the Youth and Family Ministries program at Cairn has prepared me well for discipling young people effectively. I am grateful for the quality professors I have and the great friends I made during my time here. This program challenges me, equips me, and pushes me out of my comfort zone in the best ways!

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Ready to take the next step? You can apply today!